ESREA Research Network

Between Global and Local: Adult Learning and Communities

It is our pleasure to invite you to the 10th conference

Education 2030 & Adult Learning: Global Perspectives and Local Communities – Bridges or Gaps? Agendas, praxis and research.

7-10 June 2018

Opatija, Croatia


(To download the Call, please click here.)

The Conference will examine the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its goal for inclusive and equitable quality education at all levels that emphasises the vital and beneficial role of learning and education in communities and societies.

The 2030 Agenda is faced with a considerable challenge in bridging the gap between the global and the local to ensure attainment of specified goals for accelerated progress. If education and learning sustainable development goals are to be achieved, active participation and collaboration between communities around the world, including all relevant sectors and stakeholders, will be required.

We need to create processes that generate engagement with the SDGs at the community level. The goals and targets set out in the 2030 Agenda can only be achieved if members of local communities take responsibility for implementing the SDGs in their own context.

How can we engage communities everywhere to make global goals set by the UN their local goals? How can individuals and collectives contribute to achieving the Agenda 2030 for adult learning?

Possible key topics for contributions (papers, roundtables, keynote talks) to this conference include:

  • How can cooperation between stakeholders at national and transnational levels contribute to the development of accessibility, equality and sustainability in adult learning?
  • Researching accessibility, equality, and sustainability in the local life-world of adult learners
  • Global and local challenges in adult learning. How are points of divergence addressed? The role of the researcher.
  • Educators as mediators, implementers and creators of local and global education policies.
  • The role of research in interpreting global adult learning needs at a national level
  • Researching adult learning in the micro-context: bridging the gap to SDGs?
  • National and local communities’ readiness to implement global sustainable development goals for adult learning
  • Traversing gaps between national policy context and global commitments
  • Cross-sector collaboration for a knowledge-based society
  • Holistic approaches to adult learning: Connecting agenda, praxis and research
  • Flexible adult learning: Who decides when and where to learn?

Participants from all fields of research on adult learning are invited to submit an abstract addressing the conference theme. Abstracts should be no more than 500 words long.

Abstract submission deadline: 31 January 2018.

The Scientific Committee of this conference is responsible for the selection of submitted abstracts.

Extended abstract submission deadline: 15 March 2018

Abstracts should be sent in two separate files, one including the paper title, the name, address, e-mail of author(s); and the second one including the paper title and abstract.

Abstracts should be submitted to:


Completed papers should be submitted by 15 May 2018 to:

The papers should be no more than 5000 words long and they should be prepared in accordance with BGL-ALC guidelines, which will be made available soon.


The abstract, the paper and its presentation should be in English.

Please bear in mind when presenting a paper that you are speaking to an international audience, the majority of whom may not be familiar with your own country let alone its adult education system. Please avoid the use of acronyms and do not use context-dependant expressions related to adult learning.

Student Bursaries

As a way to support graduate students’ participation in the conference, three bursaries will be awarded to graduate students (PhD and MA students). The applicant’s institution/university should be a member of ESREA and the applicant has to submit a proposal for the conference.

The bursary is 300 EUR per person and should be used for travel and/or accommodation costs only.

Applications should be submitted no later than 15 April 2018 to:

Questions regarding the application procedure should be directed to Robert Aman, the secretary of ESREA (